thousand falling stars

I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things that we’d choose anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.
—  Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars

As Cas watched with sadness and disbelief as a thousand falling stars crashed to earth, he felt an ache in his chest. His family was in ruins.

But even as disaster befell him and all his kind, save the one monster that had created the mess, there was a realization that you were among those falling.

You had been one of the angels confined to heaven, rarely allowed to walk on earth, and now Cas realized that you had actually been a prisoner in that arrangement. He couldn’t remember the last time he had seen you but the feelings that always accompanied your presence were as fresh in his mind and his heart as if it had been yesterday.